Pentagon Rolls Out Evolving Strategy

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The Pentagon rolled out long-awaited revisions to U.S. military strategy on Tuesday, displaying a renewed focus on homeland protection by emphasizing the development of cybersecurity capabilities, missile defenses and the ability to respond to natural disasters.

The military strategy, which is updated every four years, was changed to reflect the growing call for military help during natural disasters, as well as the threat of either a cyber or physical attack on the U.S.

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Russell Rumbaugh, a defense expert at the nonpartisan Stimson Center, said the strategy anticipates a robust role for the U.S. military even in the face of recent spending cuts. "When you have a half trillion dollars to spend, you can do a lot," he said. "The U.S. remains the dominant military power."

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